Chicken Cacciatore with Pasta

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Chicken Cacciatore is a traditional, hearty, stick to your ribs dish from Italy. This modernized version takes less than 30 minutes, not all day and has all the flavor that you could wish for.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Chicken Cacciatore with Pasta and fresh herbs on top.

Chicken Cacciatore with pasta is a traditional, hearty, stick to your ribs dish from Italy. This modernized version takes less than 30 minutes, not all day and has all the flavor that you could wish for.

Chicken Cacciatore with Pasta  and fresh herbs on top.

This Chicken Cacciatore with pasta is an easy dinner for any day of the week.This central Italian staple dinner was originated during the Renaissance and translates into chicken hunter, however this dish is popular all over the world due to it’s hearty sauce, packed with mushrooms, peppers and seasonings. .

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What We Love About This Chicken Cacciatore with Pasta Recipe

The smell that emanates through the house when this is cooking makes it a keeper but when you taste it you will really be sold.

  • 30 Minute Meal: Usually this has to cook all day, this recipe is just about 30 minutes.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry so this Italian classic is a snap.
  • Family Friendly: The flavor of this easy dinner alla cacciatora makes it a hit.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb if you wish.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: This is a meal everyone will love the next day for lunch.
Chicken Cacciatore with Pasta in a side view.

Ingredient Notes for Chicken Cacciatore with Pasta

  • Boneless Chicken Breasts – Cut into chunks.
  • Italian Seasoning Mix (or Kosher Salt and Black Pepper to taste)
  • Olive Oil
  • Onion – finely chopped
  • Garlic, finely minced– The jar kind is fine.
  • Roasted Red Peppers, chopped – Again, the jar kind is fine to use for this dish or use green pepper if you have it on hand.
  • Petite Diced Tomatoes – 1 can with the juice.
  • White Wine– Always use a wine that you would lie to drink yourself.
  • Chicken Broth – Homemade or store bought from the carton or can.
  • Mushrooms – By them pre-sliced in the produce section.
  • Cooked Fettuccine – Follow the package directions and cook it in advance or when the chicken is cooking.
Chicken, peppers, mushrooms spices and sauce.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

These are the basic steps for making Chicken Cacciatore. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

Breading and preparing the chicken.

STEP 1: PREP

First, cut chicken into 1 inch pieces. Stir together flour,Italian Seasoning Mix. Dredge chicken pieces in flour mixture. Over medium-high heat, heat 4 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet with deep sides. Cook tender chicken until brown on all sides.

STEP 2: SAUTE

Remove chicken pieces from pan with a slotted spoon. Reduce to medium heat and add remaining olive oil to hot skillet. Cook onions, garlic and peppers until soft. 

STEP 3: SIMMER AND SERVE

Next, add remaining ingredients, white wine and reduce by ½ and then add tomatoes, mushrooms, broth and cooked chicken. Simmer for 10-15 minutes with lid on. Finally, serve over pasta (top with fresh grated parmesan cheese).

Preparing the sauce for the cacciatore.

Prep and Storage Tips for this Italian Chicken Cacciatore

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Prep all your ingredients in glass containers so they are cleaned chopped and ready to go. Or make this easy chicken cacciatore in advance and make the pasta fresh.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

A great make ahead meal, freeze until you are ready to use. It can be stored in an airtight container and defrosted in the fridge.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

This easy recipe will freeze beautifully, just make the pasta fresh when you are ready. Chicken Cacciatore with pasta will last up to six months in an airtight container or freezer bag.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Warm through in the skillet to reheat and it will be ready to serve.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE MORE HEALTHY

This is a good low carb meal when made with a protein pasta or serve it over riced cauliflower.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE CHICKEN THIGHS FOR CHICKEN BREAST?

Of course, boneless, skinless chicken thighs can be used in this one pot meal.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, simple adjust the recipe card below to reflect the servings you require.

WHY DO YOU COOK WITH WINE?

When you cook with wine it is to intensify, enhance, and accent the flavor and aroma of food. The actual alcohol burns off, leaving just the flavor behind.

WHY IS MY SAUCE WATERY?

If you like a thicker sauce, add a little tomato paste to the tomato mixture to make a rich sauce.

Top shot of the chicken dish on a white plate.

Expert Tips for Making This Authentic Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

  • Olives: Olives really are a staple of this classic dish, add kalamata olives or any kind you enjoy to this flavorful tomato sauce.
  • Peppers: This recipe calls for jarred peppers, however you can use a frozen blend or fresh green bell peppers and red bell peppers.
  • Variation tip: Next time serve with rice or over whole grain noodles, egg noodles or mashed potatoes.
  • Alternate ingredient: A dry red. for example: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Merlot are in place of the white wine.
  • Different Cooking Process: The Instant pot or slow cooker are wonderful ways to make this easy chicken cacciatore dish. The slow cooker cook temperature should be low and slow for about 6 hours.
  • Fresh Herbs: top with fresh herbs such as basil, rosemary or thyme.
  • Heat: Toss a pinch of red pepper flakes.

What to Serve with Cacciatore Recipe

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Chicken Cacciatore with Pasta and fresh herbs on top.

Chicken Cacciatore with Pasta

Yield: 6 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Chicken Cacciatore is a traditional, hearty, stick to your ribs dish from Italy. This modernized version takes less than 30 minutes, not all day and has all the flavor that you could wish for.
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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning Mix
  • 8 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 4 halves jarred roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes, 1 can
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 10 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pound fettuccine, cooked

Instructions

  • Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces. Stir together flour, salt and pepper.
  • Dredge chicken pieces in flour mixture.
  • Over medium-high heat, heat 4 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet with deep sides.
  • Cook chicken until brown on all sides. Remove chicken from pan.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add remaining olive oil to hot skillet. Saute onion, garlic and pepper until soft.
  • Add white wine and reduce by ½. Add tomatoes, mushrooms, broth and cooked chicken.
  • Simmer for 10-15 minutes with lid on.
  • Serve over pasta (top with fresh grated parmesan cheese).

Expert Tips

  • Olives: Olives really are a staple of this dish, add kalamata olives or any kind you enjoy.
  • Peppers: This recipe calls for jarred peppers, however you can use a frozen blend or fresh green bell peppers and red bell peppers.
  • Variation tip: Feel free to serve with rice or over whole grained noodles or mashed potatoes.
  • Alternate ingredient: A dry red. for example: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Merlot are in place of the white wine.
  • Different Cooking Method: The Instant pot or slow cooker are wonderful ways to make this easy chicken cacciatore dish.
  • Fresh Herbs: top with fresh herbs such as basil, rosemary or thyme.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 737kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 879mg | Potassium: 1164mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 302IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 4mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Hearty, Sunday Supper

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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  1. This tasted so amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing this super easy to make chicken cacciatore recipe! Fam really loves it! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

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